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last genus, but the teeth " are more insectivorous in their
character." There are six or eight mammae. The members of
this genus are grey or brown, and spotted with white ; they are

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FIG. 80.—Skull of Dasyurus. (Lateral view.) al.sph, Alisplienoid ; ang, angular process
of mandible ; Jr, frontal; jut jugal; Zcr, lachrymal ; max, maxilla ; nets* nasal;
oc.cond, occipital condyle ; par, parietal ; par.oc, paroccipital process ; p,tnaxt
piemaxilla ; s.oc, supraoccipital ; sq, squamosal ; sq', zygomatic process of squa-
mosal. (From Parker and Haswell's Zoology.)

all arboreal, and feed largely upon birds and their eggs. Mr.
Thomas has pointed out that in two species, D. viverrinus and
D. geoffroyi, the striae upon the foot-pads are absent, and that

FIG. 81.—Dasyure.    Dasyurus wiverrvmts.      x i.    (After "Vogt and Spechl.)
therefore these at least are probably not so purely arboreal as
the rest. The animals are not diurnal, and during the day hide
themselves in the hollow trunks of trees. They are spoken of
as " Native Cats," but have the general habits of Martens. D.
maculatMS is common in Tasmania, but is rare in Australia, thus
"approaching th© condition now exhibited by the Thylaeine and